On Wednesday August 22 the first of the public hearings took place in cities across Argentina on the subject of reform projects within Argentine Civil and Commercial Code. In his capacity as President of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Argentina, Nestor Miguez, a Methodist pastor with the Evangelical Methodist Church, highlighted before the Bicameral Commission the values of freedom and equality promoted in the project, explaining that to include such objectives, the initiative “must include recognition and diversity of religious communities.”
In the bicameral commission that analyzed the executive project, the organization that encompasses a sector of the evangelical churches of the country — within them the Methodist Church — uplifted the necessity for the full recognition of the diversity of beliefs to make effective the separation of church and state in Argentina.
Miguez called for “full respect for freedom of worship” noting that he hopes the new code “progress on the path of separation of church and state” as opposed to the recognition of Catholicism as the only religion. Specifically requested was an amendment to Article 33 of the code, which defines the Catholic Church as a legal entity of public nature: “Why is the Catholic Church different from other church statuses if the state is secular?” he asked.
He also recognized the values of freedom and equality promoted in the project and explained that to include such objectives, the initiative “must include recognition and diversity of religious communities.”
The Federation and government began working a few months ago on the issue, proposing to reform Civil and Commercial Code in regards to religious activities with all stakeholders, listening to the voice of religious minorities and those who profess no religion.